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I'm not sure if you guys played BF 1 or 2, but they were fantastic games. Easily the best of the hundreds of Star Wars games (many of which were complete shit). Anyways, after many years waiting for the third installment of the series, some information is finally coming out on what exactly happened to the game.It was in development for years with Free Radical (who created GoldenEye), but after a management change at Lucas Arts (the publisher) they were set out to dry and it meant the end of BF3 as well as the entire developer (Free Radical).Some of you may remember this leaked footage, which many thought was a hoax. Turns out it's legit...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j81I_-uaOqgNotice how you can go back and forth between land battles and the space battle.GameSpot article:

Several years ago, the Star Wars: Battlefront series had a third game in the works at TimeSplitters studio Free Radical Design, but the project--and soon thereafter the developer itself--was killed by LucasArts. That's just one of the unpleasant allegations made by former Free Radical developers in a Eurogamer feature recapping the studio's entire history.From mid-2006 through early 2008, Free Radical was working for LucasArts on a new installment in the third-person shooter take on the Star Wars universe. Studio co-founder David Doak told the site things went well with the project until a management change at LucasArts led the publisher to make deep cuts and cancel projects."[W]e went from talking to people who were passionate about making games to talking to psychopaths who insisted on having an unpleasant lawyer in the room," Doak said.Free Radical audio director Graeme Norgate said LucasArts's new management essentially sabotaged the Battlefront III project and the studio, withholding milestone payments for months as they contested every detail of what Free Radical was obligated to deliver in order."LucasArts hadn't paid us for six months," Norgate said, "and were refusing to pass a milestone so we would limp along until the money finally ran out. They knew what they were doing, and six months of free work to pass on to Rebellion wasn't to be sniffed at." (Rebellion did not end up finishing the project, although some of Free Radical's work was passed on to the studio.)Doak said Free Radical's contract had provisions that should have protected the studio, but they didn't matter because they would not be able to afford the court costs to win the protracted legal battle with LucasArts necessary to collect on those clauses."My role at Free Radical meant that I was simultaneously involved in these unpleasant 'high level' discussions with psychopaths who wanted to destroy us, and then the next day sitting with our dev staff at their desks trying to boost people's morale," Doak said. "Helping them to pass milestones that I knew would subsequently be manipulated to cause them to fail. It was the most depressing and pointless thing that I have ever been involved in. The dream job which I once loved had become a nightmarish torture."Free Radical entered administration in late 2008, with part of the studio acquired by Crytek and renamed Crytek UK in February of 2009. Doak has since left game development entirely.

Some random Free Radical employee even made this video about it...http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NDS6Ls0V2zQ

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Huygens

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WOOT I've played BF2 for such a long time, it was epic!

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So is this actually coming out? Because me and my mate used to spend hours on galaxy conquest on BF2 Posted Image

DID LUCASARTS EVER COMMENT BACK ON WHAT HAPPENED?

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Eric the Bard

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Mhm, BF 2 was epic. I hope there will be third, but it doesn't look like it then...

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I loved this game to death BF1 was sick and then BF2 just took over space battles were epic (: If this actually comes out it will sell very well a lot of people are waiting for this

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I loved BF2. Me and my friends spent hours on end playing it, it was such an amazing game. Will definitely be getting it,

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cheekychips

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I'm confused, I dont see any reason to believe they're ever gonna release it D: I loved the 2 BF games to death, they were and will always be two of my favorite multiplayer shooters.

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Yeah, they're definitely not releasing this game. There's a small chance several of the years down the road, but even then they'll just completely remake it and scrap the near-finished game that Free Radical apparently already had.

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Yeah, they're definitely not releasing this game. There's a small chance several of the years down the road, but even then they'll just completely remake it and scrap the near-finished game that Free Radical apparently already had.

so do you know if Lucasarts ever commented back about it? or did they just blank it?

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I only played some demo of BF2 or BF on the PSP, but it was really fun even though I was playing the same battle repeatedly.But yeah, a couple of years maybe.

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so do you know if Lucasarts ever commented back about it? or did they just blank it?

BF3 was never even announced as officially being under development, and there wasn't ever any official word on it either way. That didn't change once it was cancelled, unfortunately.

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BF3 was never even announced as officially being under development, and there wasn't ever any official word on it either way. That didn't change once it was cancelled, unfortunately.

I meant about what that free radical guy said :) he accused them of some pretty serious shit lol

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Oh. No, there's no way they'd step into that shitstorm.

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I only played some demo of BF2 or BF on the PSP, but it was really fun even though I was playing the same battle repeatedly.But yeah, a couple of years maybe.

The PSP versions were nothing compared to the PS2 versions, just my opinion though..




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